SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Orange came out firing, building on the momentum built from a blowout win over Wagner one week ago. The theme was consistent, with Terrel Hunt leading touchdown drive after touchdown drive.
With a 52-17 win, Syracuse improved to 2-2 on the season with another dominating victory.
Syracuse set the tone on the opening drive of the game which featured a nice balance of run and pass, ending with a 15-yard one handed touchdown catch by Jerome Smith. After a Tulane field goal, Syracuse struck time and time again to pull away from the Green Wave.
"Very good team victory," head coach Scott Shafer said. "I'm extremely proud of the kids...We challenged the kids to win all three phases and they did that. Just some great things to see."
Terrel Hunt followed a 19-yard scoring toss to Chris Clark with a touchdown pass to Clay Cleveland, his first of two on the day, to extend the Orange lead. Behind two blocked punts and a blocked field goal, Hunt continued to to put up points for the new-look Syracuse offense. It was the first time Syracuse blocked two punts in the same game since September of 2004 against Buffalo.
Clark finished the game as Syracuse's leading receiver with four catches for 60-yards and a touchdown.
Syracuse extended the lead in the second quarter when a 16-yard scrambling score by Hunt on third down in the red zone. Tulane answered to try to get back in it with a drive that ended in a Justyn Shackleford touchdown catch from Tulane quarterback Nick Montana.
However, Syracuse responded with a 10-play, 85-yard drive in just 1:40, which ended with a Jerome Smith touchdown run to give Syracuse a commanding 42-17 lead at the half.
It was more of the same to start the second half, as a Julian Whigham interception led to another Hunt touchdown pass in the third that put the game further out of reach. The Orange defense shut out the Green Wave in the final two quarters with plenty of backups seeing action.
Through the first two weeks, the Orange offense was lethargic, predictable, and lacked production. Under Terrel Hunt, Syracuse has shown a dynamic offense that scores nearly every time they have the ball. In fact, Syracuse scored over 50-points in back to back weeks for the first time since 1997.
"It feels great," Hunt said after the win. "I love this team. The team keeps pushing me forward. It felt really amazing to be a part of something so big."
Syracuse's new signal caller threw for 175 yards on 16-21 passing including four touchdowns without turning it over. He added 39 yards on the ground and another score.
The Orange are off next week as they prepare to face national title contender Clemson in the ACC opener on Saturday October 5th.